Mattel Cruncher Prehistoric Pets Robot Dinosaur Review

Posted: Dec 8 2010, 8:41am CST | by , in I4U Gadget Reviews


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Lots of robotic fun for girls and boys


The Cruncher dinosaur is a cool little robot toy that has eight different ways that a kid can play with it. The dino has 200 different sounds and he can do things like play catch, dance and more. The dino can be trained to remember 30 different actions and sounds. Cruncher sells for about $100 and can be found online and in stores.

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One of the first commercials my 6-year-old daughter saw this holiday season while watching some of her favorite shows was for Cruncher. This little dinosaur is aimed at boys if you look at the commercials and the print media associated with it, but girls like dinosaurs too. My daughter likes the little dinosaur because it's cute and she is really into trying to scare people right now. In her mind, this cute little dinosaur will jump out and scare someone.

Cruncher gets power from five C-cell batteries and none of the batteries are included. It's funny to watch the robot; you can tell that the designers had a dog in mind when they designed the mannerisms of the Cruncher toy. My wife and I had a dog years ago and Cruncher reminds me a lot of him. When you feed Cruncher his fish bone, he stretches out his neck and gulps the thing down just as a dog would. If you pat his head, he lowers his head a bit and makes sounds.

The Cruncher is very lifelike and my daughter talked to the toy like it was a real animal. I guess in her mind it is, but the big benefit from a parent is that this pet won’t poop in the house or tear up my shoes. The toy is also voice activated you can call his name and he will come to you when it is in seek mode. The collar that Cruncher wears around his neck has some controls that the kids can press to make the dinosaur do certain things like run or roar.

The little dinosaur is fast too; if your little one sends it after a sibling, they had better be ready to move because the thing is quick. My daughter loves to tease the dino by holding the bony fish right out of its reach. Cruncher would growl and jump a bit to get the food. I mentioned already that we used to have a dog that the dinosaur reminds me of. One of the worst traits of that dog was that he was always farting. Dog farts are horrendous.

My daughter's absolute favorite thing was that when you lift the tail of Cruncher he farts. She carried it around to all of her friends and had them lift the tail to make it fart and then rolled with laughter. If you press the button on the collar for seek mode the dino will follow the kid around the house and come to their voice.

The training mode is also very cool. You can teach the dino to do 30 different things in a row like roar or move forward. You can also put the Cruncher into translation mode and a voice that your kids can understand will tell you what the dinosaur thinks. The funniest of them all is when the thing says "here kitty, kitty" it can also say "let's dance" and other short phrases.

Mattel is very keen on billing this toy for boys, but not all little girls want fluffy and pink stuff. My daughter has all the robot hamsters and Barbies that she wants, but the Cruncher is a toy that is just as appealing to girls as boys. I caught my daughter feeding Cruncher a Barbie a few times.



  • Lots of cool features
  • Will follow you around
  • Very fast


  • Batteries not included


The Cruncher robot dinosaur is a very cool toy that your kids will love. The dinosaur is lots of fun and has enough features to keep your kid entertained for a long time.


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